- Cape Romain NWR harbors the largest wintering populations of American oystercatchers and marbled godwits in the U.S., and is recognized as an International Site for shorebirds. It has the largest loggerhead sea turtle rookery in the U.S. outside Florida, averaging 1,000 nests per year. The Refuge also has one of the largest Eastern brown pelican and least tern rookeries in the State.
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Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Bulls Island is an island propagation site for the endangered red wolf. The bulk of the refuge is a designated wilderness area, including a mandatory Class I Air Quality Area. The refuge is also within the Carolinian Biosphere Reserve, and contains several Public Use and Research Natural Areas.
Important habitats are provided for many species of migratory birds and both Federally and State endangered or threatened species, including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, red wolf, wood stork, American alligator, osprey, glossy ibis, American kestrel, loggerhead sea turtles, and least tern.
The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is a joint facility with the Francis Marion NF that is open to the public and features natural history displays, walking trails, red wolf viewing area and a raptor exhibition area.
Recreation - Public use opportunities include visiting the Visitor and Environmental Education Center and the red wolf viewing area, hiking the trails, wildlife observation, shelling and beach combing, fishing, hunting, photography, boating, and taking the concession boat to the refuge islands.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.
Cape Romain is located up the coast from Charleston. The refuge, including Bulls Island, is accessible by boat only. Access can be by personal boat or through Coastal Expeditions at 843/881-4582, which provides a ferry service for the refuge.